Our publications

Our suite of publications are varied and are designed to meet the needs of our different audiences. Our flagship publication, Inis magazine, is an outward looking publication for adults that documents both projects and events within the organisation through articles but also highlights people and achievements outside of our own programmes. Our various reading guides and themed reading lists are designed for a more targeted audience looking for age appropriate titles or those on specific topics. We also produce some publications that are designed specifically for young readers to enjoy.

Inis magazine

Inis magazine is the only publication of its kind in Ireland – a magazine solely devoted to children's books and the wider world of literature for young people. The three annual print issues each feature forty-four reviews of current or upcoming titles and the features section includes five-six articles, ranging from artist interviews, project overviews or a broader focus on a topic or theme.

Reading guides and reading lists

About our reading guides and reading lists

Annually, in September we produce a reading guide detailing the best books for children and young people aged 0–18 and including a specialised non-fiction and poetry section. Alongside this annual guide we also produce themed reading guides and reading lists throughout the year which focus on specific themes, topics or challenges that affect children's and young people lives.

Free To Be Me

Published in 2021, Free to Be Me is a themed reading guide which highlights and celebrates diversity, representation and inclusion in books for children and young people. The aim of this guide is to ensure equity and visibility of diverse books in both school and public libraries, bookshops and shelves in the home.

Good Reads Before Goodnights

Published in partnership with An Post, Good Reads Before Goodnights is a reading guide that highlights the best bedtime reads for children and their families. Produced as part of a wider campaign to promote reading as part of everyday activities by encouraging families to read and share a book at bedtime, the books in this guide are suitable for children aged 0–12.

Mind Yourself

Published in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this themed reading guide details the best books on mental health and wellbeing for children and young people aged 0–18. The guide is a ‘first aid kit’ for worries, sadness, loneliness, anxiety and any number of feelings and hopefully a great many young readers find relief and solace in seeing their lives reflected on the page and gained an understanding of what others may be quietly going through.

Books Make Things Better

Published in 2020, the Book Make Things Better reading guide highlights books by Irish authors, illustrators and publishers for children and young people aged 0–18. This guide was produced in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic as a support to Irish artists, publishers, libraries and bookshops in an effort to encourage the public to read, buy and share new titles by Irish creatives.


Published in 2018 to mark the centenary of women's suffrage in Ireland, BOLD GIRLS is a themed reading guide which highlights strong female role models, both fictional and non-fictional, in books for children and young people. The guide also celebrates and shines a spotlight on twenty excellent Irish female children's authors and illustrators.


The ImagineNation playbook was produced in partnership with An Post in 2020 as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In an effort to support families, entertain children at home and support Irish artists, this activity book of original content by Irish artists was commissioned, produced and distributed to families all across Ireland.